BIG SUR — A project to replace a culvert and repair erosion on Highway 1 south of Limekiln State Park has begun, resulting in long-term one-way traffic control.

The construction project on Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast is located at Post Mile 20.4, popularly known as Lucia Fountain. The project site is about .36 miles south of Limekiln State Park and 1.4 miles north of Kirk Creek Campground.

Construction operations commenced Aug. 23, and one-way traffic control will be in effect Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Travelers can expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

“Message and directional signs will be in place to assist travelers,” according to Caltrans in a news release. “Please allow extra time for your travel through the area.”

Work is scheduled to be completed, weather permitting, by the end of November 2021.

The network of culverts that lace Highway 1 on the Big Sur Coast serve as critical infrastructure to keep water and debris off the roadway during winter weather.

“Maintaining the integrity of culverts and erosion repair efforts contribute to the resiliency of the roadway during inclement conditions,” Caltrans stated.

The $750,000 project is being performed by Serafix Engineering of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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